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Contents Foreword from the Director of Children’s Services Service Pledges Welcome from the Head Teacher 1. Practical Information about the School • School Contact Details • Communicating with the School • School Policies 2. Parental Involvement in the School • School Ethos 3. School Curriculum • Assessment and Reporting your Child’s Progress 4. Support for Pupils • Transitions – Moving to a New School or Leaving School 5. School Improvement
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 A Foreword from the Director of Children’s Services Session 2021-22 This handbook contains a range of information about your child’s school which will be of interest to you and your child. It offers an insight into the life and ethos of the school and also offers advice and assistance which you may find helpful in supporting and getting involved in your child’s education. Falkirk Council is keen to work with parents, not only to allow you a greater opportunity to contribute to your child’s education, but also to encourage you to play a greater role in the life of the school as a whole. We offer a number of opportunities when you will be able to make your voice heard in relation to your own child’s education, your local school, and Children’s Services as a whole. Throughout each school year there will be opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. There will also be Council-wide events for parents organised by Children’s Services. These events are spread across the school year and each focuses on a particular theme. The events are open to all parents and they are also attended, wherever possible, by the Education Portfolio Holder as well as members of the Service’s Management Team. Each session offers parents an opportunity to ask questions about aspects of their child’s education. Dates for these events will be issued by your child’s school and we hope you will be able to come along and hear about, and contribute to, our plans for Education in Falkirk. We are pleased to introduce this handbook for session 2021/22 and trust it will provide you with all the relevant information you may need concerning your child’s school. If you have any queries regarding the contents of the handbook please contact the Head Teacher of your child’s school in the first instance who will be happy to offer any clarification required. Robert Naylor Directors of Children’s Services Falkirk Council DISCLAIMER The information in this school handbook is considered to be correct at the time of publication (December 2020), however, it is possible, particularly as the result of the COVID19 pandemic, that there may be some changes/inaccuracy by the start of the school term in August 2021. Footnote: If you want a printed copy of this handbook, please ask the school. It may be possible to offer some assistance in helping to translate all or part of this handbook to parents whose first language is not English. Enquiries should be
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 directed in to the Communications Officer for Children’s Services (tel: 01324 506600). Curriculum for Excellence - Learning to Achieve Learning Entitlements In addition to the entitlements of Curriculum for Excellence our education provisions will reflect local needs and circumstances. Therefore, at different stages of their education, our learners will have opportunities to: • Link aspects of their learning to the local environment and its heritage • Participate on a residential experience where possible • Participate in arts, sports and cultural events • Participate in environmental projects • Participate in a community project • Participate in outdoor learning experiences • Access appropriate technology • Be consulted on and contribute to the decision making process in school • Experience work based learning • Develop collaborative, social, leadership and other life skills • Access academic and vocational learning experiences • Access learning experiences designed and / or delivered by relevant partners • Reflect upon and be proactive in planning and making choices about their own learning • Engage with learners in other countries and demonstrate knowledge of their culture. How can you help? By law, you must make sure your child receives education. As a parent, you can help your child by: • making sure your child goes to school regularly; • encouraging and supporting your child with any homework given; • showing that you are interested in how your child is getting on at school; • encouraging your child to respect the school and the whole school community; and • being involved in the life and work of the school. Throughout this handbook the term ‘parent’ has the meaning attributed in the Standards in Scotland's Schools Act 2000 and the Scottish Schools (Parental
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Involvement) Act 2006. This includes grandparents, carer or anyone else who has parental responsibility for the child.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Welcome from the Head Teacher – Welcome to the Victoria Primary School & Early Learning and Childcare Class Handbook. This handbook offers an introduction to our school and a general overview of the education your child will be getting at school. If you have any questions, or would like any further information on any aspect of this handbook or the education of your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. To make our handbook easy to use I’ve divided the information into five different sections:- Section One – Practical Information about the School This section provides you with some background information on our school (and our nursery). It tells you how our school day and school year are made up and how to contact the school if, for example, your child is ill. This section deals with the practical aspects of your child’s attendance at our school. It provides details on such things as: • travelling to and from school • school meals and milk • financial assistance with school clothing, transport and school meals • school closures in an emergency or unexpectedly for any reason • general supervision available for your child in the morning and at lunchtime • wet weather details • how the school communicates with parents • how to complain if you are not happy about something. As with any organisation, to ensure smooth running and appropriate maintenance of standards, a range of procedures, guidelines and policies have to be implemented within our school. If you would like to see a full copy of policies or to discuss them in more detail, please contact me. Most of these policies are available on the council website –
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Section Two – Parental Involvement in the School Parental involvement is very important as we know it helps children do better in school. This section contains information about how parents can be involved in supporting learning at home as part of a home – school partnership. You can also find out more about the ethos of the school, what our values are and our aspirations for our pupils including how we celebrate pupil success, and links we have with partner organisations and the wider local, national and international community. Lastly, it includes information on our Parent Teacher Association/Parent Association and Parent Council, how to contact them and how parents can get involved in the life and work of the school. Section Three – School Curriculum This section describes how the curriculum is planned and delivered in the school including the range of subjects and subject areas your child will be learning. It also includes information on how pupils develop skills for learning, life and work, including literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in and out of the classroom. As well as giving you information about the statutory curriculum requirements we have included details on sports and outdoor activities available to pupils and the range of facilities available within the school. Details of how parents will be informed about sensitive aspects of learning e.g. relationships, sexual health, parenthood and drugs awareness are included as well as information about religious instruction and observance and arrangements for parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child. This handbook also tells you how we will report on your child’s progress and what written reports may be sent out to parents. Section Four – Support for Pupils This section gives information about how pupils’ additional support needs will be identified and addressed and the types of specialist services provided within our school. This handbook also explains who to contact for more information if you think your child has additional support needs. This section also gives information about transition – from primary school to secondary school – what the arrangements are and contact details of the catchment high school to which our pupils normally transfer. There are also details about making a placing request to another school.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Section Five – School Improvement The section gives you an overview of the main achievements of the school within the last 12 months and performance information relating to literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. Whilst Falkirk Council is happy to provide this information we do have some reservations that the publication of raw statistics, without any kind of informed qualification, can be misleading to the reader. In particular, they should not be construed as offering an indication of the quality of education provided in any of our schools. We have also shown where you can get further information about our plans for the next three years to improve our performance and how the school will involve parents in that improvement. I hope you find all of the above information helpful and self-explanatory. If you have any queries about any of the information contained in this handbook, or indeed about any aspect of our school, please do not hesitate to contact me. Shelagh Todd Acting Headteacher Victoria Primary School & Early Learning and Childcare Class
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Section One – Practical Information about the School – Contact Details Name of Head Teacher: Shelagh Todd (Acting) Name of School: Victoria Primary School & Nursery Class Address: Middlefield Road, Falkirk, FK2 9HF Telephone Number: 01324 508600 Website: www.victoria.falkirk.sch.uk E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org About the school Stages of Education provided for: Ante-pre & Pre School Early Learning and Childcare Class, P1-7 Present Roll: Early Learning and Childcare Centre- 56; School- 350 Denominational Status of the School (if any) Non Denominational Gaelic Medium Education? No Single sex school? No Organisation of the School Day Early Learning and Childcare Centre: 9am – 3pm Primary 1 pupils attend school on a full-time basis after the first week. Start Time:9:00am Morning Break:10:30-10.45AM Lunch Time:12:15-1pm Finish Time: 3pm for Primary 1-7 Gym days for pupils are advised termly to parents/carers from the class teachers. All children have 2 hours of PE per week.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 FALKIRK COUNCIL: CHILDREN’S SERVICES Agreed Term Dates for Session 2021-2022 Days School Year Term Dates Staff Pupils Autumn Term Begins (Staff Only - Dev Day) Monday 16 August 2021 (Staff Only - Dev Day) Tuesday 17 August 2021 Autumn Term Begins (Pupils) Wednesday 18 August 2021 Autumn Term Ends Friday 08 October 2021 39 37 Winter Term Begins (Staff Only - Dev Day) Monday 18 October 2021 Winter Term Begins (Pupils) Tuesday 19 October 2021 Winter Term Ends Tuesday 21 December 2021 48 47 Spring Term Begins Wednesday 05 January 2022 Spring Term Ends Friday 01 April 2022 59 58 Summer Term Begins Tuesday 19 April 2022 Summer Term Ends Friday 24 June 2022 49 48 195 190 Term Time Public Holidays Staff Development Days Monday 13 September 2021 Monday 16 August 2021 Friday 11 February 2022 Tuesday 17 August 2021 Monday 14 February 2022 Monday 18 October 2021 Monday 02 May 2022 Tuesday 15 February 2022 Thursday 05 May 2022
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Registration and enrolment The date for registration of new school entrants is advertised in all local nurseries, the local press and on the council’s website www.falkirk.gov.uk. Pupils should be registered in only one school for their catchment area. Parents will be provided with information about the school, when they register their child. Pupils who are baptised Roman Catholic are automatically entitled to enrol at the denominational catchment school. All other pupils must make a placing request to attend a denominational school. Parents who want to send their child to a school other than the catchment school must make a placing request. Please refer to section four of this handbook for more information on placing requests. Parents of pupils who have moved into the catchment area or, who wish their child to transfer to the school, should contact the school office for information. Attendance and absence It is the responsibility of parents of a child of school age to make sure that their child is educated. Most do this by sending their child to school regularly. Attendance is recorded twice a day, morning and afternoon. Absence from school is recorded as ‘authorised’ i.e. it has been approved by the education authority, or as ‘unauthorised’ i.e. the absence remaining unexplained by the parent. Please let the school know by letter, email to the school’s generic address or phone if your child is likely to be absent. If there is no explanation from a child’s parents / carers, the absence will be regarded as unauthorised. Please make every effort to avoid family holidays during term time as this disrupts your child’s education and reduces learning time. In certain extreme situations, the head teacher can approve absence from school for a family holiday for example, in traumatic domestic circumstances where the holiday would improve the cohesion and wellbeing of the family. Please discuss your plans with the head teacher before the holiday. If the head teacher does not give permission before the holiday, it will be recorded as unauthorised absence. The head teacher may also exercise discretion when a parent can prove that work commitments make a family holiday impossible during school holiday times. Normally, your employer will need to provide evidence of your work commitments. Absence approved by the head teacher on this basis is regarded as authorised absence. Parents from minority ethnic and/or religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school to celebrate recognised religious and/or cultural events. Absence approved by the head teacher on this basis is regarded as authorised
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 absence. Extended leave can also be granted on request for families returning to their country of origin for cultural or care reasons. A supportive approach is taken to unexplained absence. However the education authority has legal powers to write to, interview or prosecute parents, or refer pupils to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel. School Meals Primary and Secondary Menus offer healthy and tasty meal options whilst reflecting the Scottish Government food and drink legal requirements for School Lunches. Special diets and allergies are usually accommodated subject to consultation with the parent/guardian and the regional dietician. Primary School Menus provide 3 daily choices with High Schools providing a range of plated meals, pasta, meal deals and salad boxes. Meal prices are reviewed annually. Please contact the school to be advised of the current price. All P1-3 pupils are entitled to a free school meal. In the case of P4-P7 and secondary aged pupils, some families may be eligible to apply to Falkirk Council for provision of free school meals. Further details can be obtained from your child’s school. o Payment is made through iPay Impact o Packed lunches are eaten within the dining hall, outside at the picnic tables when weather permits o Breakfast Club is accessed from 8:15-8:45am, there’s no need to book a place. o Children will either return to the playground or classroom if the weather in inclement. o We encourage a healthy lunch. No fizzy drinks or glass bottled drinks to be brought to school. School Dress Code Parents are asked to co-operate with the school in encouraging their child to follow the school’s dress code. All schools have a dress code, which includes the school’s policy on uniform. The wearing of uniform is encouraged as it helps to: • develop a school community spirit • improves school security by making non-pupils more easily identifiable • allows pupils to be easily identified when out of the school, e.g. on trips • enhances the school’s reputation within the community; and • minimises rivalry and bullying amongst pupils that can arise from, for example, the wearing of designer clothing. The school’s dress code has been agreed in consultation with parents, pupils, staff and the Parent Council. This consultation has ensured that the dress code meets the needs of the school community, allows pupils to participate in all aspects of school life and is age appropriate.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Uniform with the school logo can currently be purchased through BeSchoolwear in Newmarket Street, Falkirk. Other department stores stock the school colours, royal blue for jumper/sweatshirt/cardigan, white for polo shirt and white for school shirt. The appropriate clothing and footwear for PE is a white T-shirt, shorts and gym shoes with non-marking soles. These are necessary for health and safety reasons and your co- operation is requested to ensure that pupils are equipped to participate in the PE lessons. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled, particularly ties, sweat shirts and PE equipment, which are often lost. A protective apron or an old shirt should be worn for art and craft activities. Please help the school and the education authority by making sure that pupils do not bring valuable or expensive items of clothing to school. In certain circumstances, appropriate clothing will be necessary for school activities for safety reasons, e.g. in games areas, science laboratories and technical workshops; this extends to the wearing of suitable footwear and even, on occasion, to the length of pupils’ hair and the wearing of jewellery and earrings. Offensive clothing such as T-shirts or other items featuring inappropriate language or illustrations is not permitted. Football colours are also inappropriate as they can lead to incidents of rivalry. If you have any queries regarding the school’s dress code, please contact the Headteacher. Free School Meals and Clothing Grants Some families may be eligible to apply to Falkirk Council for free school meals and / or a payment towards the cost of footwear and clothing. You can get more information, and apply online at www.falkirk.gov.uk/fsm. You can also contact 01324 506999, or visit our One Stop Shops or the Advice and Support Hub. Medically Prescribed Diets Parents/Carers with a child/ren on a medically prescribed diet should contact the Headteacher in order to obtain and complete a prescribed diet referral and declaration form. The Schools Meals Service will only accommodate a child/ren with a medical referral diagnosed by a medical professional. School Clothing Grant Falkirk Council can also provide assistance with the cost of school clothing and footwear. Clothing grants are available for children who live in the Falkirk Council area and who are in compulsory education at any of our primary, special or secondary schools. Pupils attending some special schools outside the area may also be eligible for this grant.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 School clothing grants are not available to children attending nursery schools, nursery classes or other pre-5 centres. The School Clothing Grant is means tested. To be eligible, parents or guardians must meet one of the following criteria: • In receipt of Income Support, or • In receipt of Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, or • In receipt of Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or • In receipt of Child Tax Credit only with a gross annual income below £16,105, or • In receipt of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual income below £16,105 Payments are paid directly into the parent or guardian’s bank account. . Travel to and from School Parents should remind their child(ren) that, in the interests of safety, good behaviour is expected from all pupils travelling on school transport. Children should be reminded by parents that, wherever possible, they should only cross the road where there is a crossing patrol and should exercise care on walking to and from school. Parents are requested, when dropping off/collecting children from school,that they do not park near the pedestrian exit or in any location which causes an obstruction and they take care not to restrict the view of the school crossing patrol. Transport for Primary and Secondary School Children (Excluding Placing Requests) Free school transport is provided to and from your home address to your child’s catchment school if they are distance entitled. Falkirk Council operate a more generous distance entitlement policy than required by law. Distance entitled children are: ✓ All children under 8 years of age who live one mile or over from their catchment school by the nearest available safe walking route*. ✓ All children 8 years of age or over who live two miles or over from their catchment school by the nearest available safe walking route*. *Note – a “safe walking route” assumes that the pupil is accompanied by a responsible adult. Concessions, details of times of operation, criteria and application forms are available from the Transport Planning Unit within Falkirk Council. Tel: 01324 504724 / 504966.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Pickup points Where home to school transport is provided, some pupils will require to walk a reasonable distance from home to the transport pick-up point but this should not exceed the authority’s agreed limit of 1 mile. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure that their child arrives at the pickup point on time and behaves in a safe and acceptable manner while boarding, travelling in and leaving the vehicle. Children who misbehave can lose their right to home to school transport. General Supervision Before school begins supervision is very limited, therefore pupils should not arrive at school until as near to the school start time as possible. During intervals school helpers supervise the children. In addition the Headteacher and Janitor are on call to cope with any difficulties which may arise. There is always access to the building and the children are made aware of this. For further information on these arrangements, please contact the school. School security Falkirk Council has introduced procedures to ensure the safety and security of pupils and staff when attending or working in a school. We use a number of security measures including a visitors’ book, badges and escorts, while visitors are within the school building. Normally, anyone calling at a school for any reason, will be asked to report to the school office. The school staff then can make the necessary arrangements for the visit. Wet Weather Arrangements Pupils should come to school suitably dressed for inclement weather as they will be outside unless there is a health and safety issue or the rain is extremely heavy. In severe wet weather pupils are allowed into school during breaks and at lunchtime. However, as supervision during these periods is limited, it is especially important that they exercise good behaviour. Children having school lunches may remain in school during wet weather but, again, supervision is limited. Parents Meetings All of our schools offer opportunities for parents to discuss their child's progress with teachers through arranged meetings. Arrangements vary from school to school but all parents will be advised of when these meetings will take place. In addition to these set dates, parents are able to contact the school at any time to ask for information or for a meeting. Please see section two of this handbook for more details on home / school partnership.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Communication with Home From time to time you will receive important and routine communications from the school via variety of methods (school app, email, group call, social media etc.). Parents are also encouraged to check their child’s schoolbag for these communications. Enquiries of any kind should be addressed to the class teacher in the first instance. Teachers have SeeSaw for all of their classes and this is the preferred method of communication between school and home. Unexpected Closures Most closures will be notified to you in writing, in advance, but there are occasions when the children may be dismissed early without warning, e.g. as a result of power cuts or severe weather. In the event of an early school closure please ensure that your child knows where to go if you are not usually at home during the day. To help us keep you informed it is important that you make sure we have the most up to date emergency contact information for your family. We will keep in touch using text messaging, via the Falkirk Council website or via information broadcast on Central FM. Mobile devices Parents provide their children with mobile devices for a variety of reasons, including supporting learning and for personal safety. It is the right of parents to allow their child to have a personal mobile device in school. However, if devices are brought to school there must be a clear understanding that the individual pupil is responsible for the care and usage of their device(s). Education establishments develop their own mobile device policies in consultation with pupils, parents and staff. For more information on this topic, please contact your child’s school. ICT Acceptable Use Policy Falkirk Council Children’s Services recognises that access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment and services helps young people to learn and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life and citizenship in the 21st Century. To support this, we provide resources for pupils and staff to use. The Children’s Services ICT Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) outlines the guidelines and behaviours that pupils are expected to follow when using school equipment or when using personally-owned mobile devices in Falkirk Council establishments. The purpose of this is to protect young people online and to protect the Council’s network and equipment. The ICT Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) will be issued by the school for both parent(s) and pupil(s) to sign. Equality The council is required to work towards advancing equality of opportunity for all people and to foster good relations between people. The council is committed to eliminating discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion2/belief, age, marriage or civil partnership, transgender status, pregnancy/maternity or poverty. Children’s Services have a range of policies and procedures to address equalities issues specific to education to enable us to fulfil these duties. In addition to this all education establishments have a responsibility to report incidents of prejudice-based bullying in line
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 with our recently updated Anti-Bullying Policy: ‘Promoting Positive Relationships in Falkirk’s Educational Establishments’. English as an Additional Language As part of the Additional Needs Service, the Council provides a support service for children who have English as an additional language. The service visits schools to work with those bilingual pupils who require assistance in developing English language skills. Compliments, Enquiries and Complaints Procedure Falkirk Council Children’s Services would like you to be completely satisfied with your child's education. We encourage feedback on our services from parents, pupils and members of the public. We are interested in feedback of all kinds, whether it be compliments, enquiries or complaints. Sometimes, parents/carers may feel that the services provided are not what they wished for and they may wish to complain. As a Council of the Future, we are encouraged to view complaints positively. If you have a complaint about the service provided by the school, please let us know as this enables us to resolve any issues you or your child are experiencing and helps us to make any improvements to service delivery. How do I complain? Complaints can be made to schools in writing, by email, on the telephone, in person or by using the Falkirk Council online complaints form on the website. Who do I complain to? Parents must first consult the school regarding their complaint. What happens with my complaint? All complaints are logged confidentially on our Customer First online complaints handling system. They will be monitored exclusively by each school and Children’s Services staff at Sealock House to ensure any response is within the timescales. This system will enable us to learn from complaints to prevent similar issues arising in future. We will deal with your complaint confidentially and as quickly as possible. If we have made a mistake we will apologise and try to put things right. How long will it take until I get a reply? Our aim is to respond within 5 working days to front line complaints, (Stage 1) although issues can sometimes be complex and the school may need time to investigate them. What happens next? If your complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved by the school, it may be eligible for consideration at the second, investigation stage by Children’s Services headquarters at Sealock House. Complaints will not be considered by Children’s Services unless they have been first reported to the school – unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our aim is to respond to second stage complaints within 20 working days. Who else can help?
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 If you remain dissatisfied after the second, investigation stage, you can raise the matter with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman https://www.spso.org.uk/complain/form/start/ You should also be aware that you have the right to raise concerns with your local Councillor, MSP or MP. What else do I need to know? Please note that schools can only respond to complaints about a service that they or Falkirk Council provides or a service we have contracted from a third party. The Council’s complaints handling procedure sets a time limit for making a complaint of six months from when the customer first knew of the problem You can find out more about the Council’s Complaint Procedure from the Falkirk Council website - http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/contact-us/complaints/ School Health Service NHS Forth Valley has a statutory obligation to provide a health service for all school age children in Falkirk District. The aim of the service is to make sure that all children, throughout their school years, are in the best possible health to benefit from their education The Public Health Nursing Team for Schools offer health assessments and reviews, health screening and deliver school based immunisation programmes. The team comprises of Public Health Nurses (Specialist Practitioner), Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants who are based in a local Health Centre and work over a number of schools in the area. Pupils, parents/carers can request a health appointment at any time. Other health professionals and teaching staff can also request a health appointment for the child or young person with parental and or young person’s consent. Health reviews will take place as necessary involving a parent questionnaire, a check of health records and if required screening of growth and vision. • Health screening – All children in primary one and at other selected stages will be seen to have their growth and vision checked • Immunisations – Secondary school pupils are offered immunisations. At the appropriate time information booklets and consent forms will be issued. • Health Education – The Public Health Nursing Team has an important role in encouraging health lifestyles, working closely with teaching staff, pupils, parents/carers and the community. The School Doctor (Community Paediatrician) may also offer appointments to children who have a significant ongoing medical or developmental condition affecting their education. School staff and parents can request a consultation with the School Doctor at any time. The School Health Service can be contacted on – 01786 434059
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 The Public Dental Service carries out dental inspections in Primary 1 and Primary 7 and can help access dental services for those children who are not registered with a Dentist. Infectious Diseases Colds, flu and gastroenteritis are the most common infections affecting children of school age. It is important that you keep your child off school in the early stages of flu and while they still have diarrhoea. It is also important that your child understands how to prevent picking up and spreading such infections. You will be able to get further advice about good health from staff in your Health Centre or GP Practice. For advice about early detection and treatment for other infectious diseases e.g. chickenpox and mumps, please consult your GP or Nurse. Head Lice Head lice are spread through head to head contact at home, while playing or in school. Regular wet combing of your child’s hair using a head lice detection comb is the best way to catch this possible problem at an early stage. The only way to be sure that your child has head lice is to find a live louse. If you find live lice, get the correct lotion from your doctor, health visitor or pharmacist. Shampoos and other treatments are not effective. One treatment is two applications of the treatment lotion, seven days apart. If this is not followed then re-infection is likely. Advise family members and close friends that your child has head lice and that they should check their own hair. Only treat if live lice are found. Don’t be shy about advising others of this possible problem because you would likely tell family and friends about other infections which might affect them. Regular wet combing of your child’s hair with the head lice detector comb is the best protection as it allows you to detect the condition and treat it speedily. Further advice can be obtained from the Health Board head lice leaflet which is available in all schools and health centres. Children’s Services leaflet ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, which is also available in schools. If you would like to discuss your particular concerns, you could speak to: Infection Control Service Forth Valley Royal Hospital Stirling Road Larbert FK5 4WR 01324 567490 / 01324 567679
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Clinics From time to time some children are asked to attend clinics (eye clinics, dentist, doctor, etc). Please inform the school of these visits and arrange for your child to be collected if he/she must leave school to attend the clinic. No child will be allowed away from school during school hours unless accompanied by a responsible adult or unless written permission to do so has been given by the parent. Protecting Children and Young People All children have a right to be protected from harm, abuse and neglect. The vision of the Forth Valley Child Protection Committee is that “It’s everyone's job to make sure that children in the Forth Valley are safe." Children’s Services have an important role in identifying children who have been abused or are at risk of being abused. Falkirk Council has clear procedures for all staff to follow. Headteachers or designated member of staff are instructed to notify Falkirk Council and Children’s Services when a member of staff has a suspicion that a child might have been abused or be at risk of abuse. Children’s Services will make a decision on whether or not an investigation is necessary and will advise accordingly. In every situation, the welfare of the child overrides other considerations. Medicine administration The administration of medicines prescribed by a family doctor is undertaken at the discretion of the Headteacher but schools are generally happy to co-operate with parents in doing so. In order to safeguard the health and safety of children, procedures are drawn up by Falkirk Council Children’s Services. When a child is prescribed medication by a doctor or a dentist and parents require the school to administer this, the relevant request Form should be completed. The MED 1 Form requires parents to deliver the medication to schools for administration by school staff. MED 4 Form permits pupils to carry and administer medication themselves e.g. inhalers. Prescribed medication should be clearly marked with your child’s name, the date prescribed, how often it has to be taken and for how long. Falkirk Council liability insurance does not provide indemnity to employees for administering non- prescribed medicines. For medical appointments during school hours, please notify the school by letter and collect your child from the school.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Insurance Cover for School Children Public Liability Personal Injury Falkirk Council has in place a Public Liability policy which operates in respect of claims for injury to any school child whilst under the care of the Council or employees, however the onus is on the claimant to prove that the Council has been legally negligent. Pupil’s Property Each session, unfortunately but inevitably, pupil’s property is lost, damaged or stolen from school. Parents are therefore discouraged from allowing their children to carry expensive items of personal belongings to the school and are reminded that a standard household policy can be extended to provide a degree of cover for personal items taken away from the home. Falkirk Council are not legally responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items unless specifically entrusted to a staff member. Any claim made for loss or damage to the property left in the care of the school will have to be submitted, in the first instance to Children’s Services, and the claim will only be settled if it is shown that the Council can be shown to be legally liable for the loss. Travel and Personal Accident Cover – Educational Excursions The Council has in force travel and personal accident cover for school children under which compensation is payable in the circumstances below, irrespective of legal liability. 1. Death £30,000 2. Permanent Total/Partial Disablement up to £30,000 The insurance applies to any activities involving a journey outside the premises of the School – both in the UK and overseas – organised by the school/Council.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Section Two – Parental Involvement in the School Parents Welcome All Falkirk Council schools welcome and encourage parental involvement and engagement. Research has shown that when parents are involved children do better in school. Falkirk Council Children’s Services and all of our schools work and collaborative with parents in the spirit of the recently published national action plan - “Learning together”: Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home 2018 – 2021’. The plan can be accessed here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/learning-together-scotlands- national-action-plan-parental-involvement-parental-engagement/. In light of this new plan, Falkirk Council Children’s Services are currently updating our Parental Involvement and Engagement Strategy in consultation with parents. This will detail a series of actions which we plan to take over a three year period to improve parental engagement with schools and the service and help to break down barriers which many parents experiencing when trying to become involved in the life and work of the school. Parentzone Scotland is a unique website for parents and carers in Scotland, from early years to beyond school. The website provides up-to-date information about learning in Scotland, and practical advice and ideas to support children’s learning at home in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and science. Information is also available on Parentzone Scotland regarding additional support needs, how parents can get involved in their child’s school and education. Furthermore, the website has details about schools including performance data for school leavers from S4-S6; and links to the national, and local authority and school level data on the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence levels. Parentzone Scotland can be accessed at https://education.gov.scot/parentzone.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Parental Involvement At Victoria Primary School & Early Learning and Childcare Centre we view parent/carers as the prime educator. Throughout the session you will be invited to various events where your child/ren will be able to share their learning with you such as assemblies, ‘sharing our learning’ open afternoons, reading breakfasts etc. Each class teacher will keep parents updated about what their pupils are learning through twitter, school app and Seesaw and there will be links to helpful websites so parents can further support learning at home. Twice a year parents have the opportunity to meet with their child/ren’s class teacher(s) to discuss their individual learning in more depth. We highly value the partnerships we have with our parents and we ensure that we are responsive to any query from a parent whether that be via phone call or through a meeting. Parent Councils Parents are welcomed to be: • involved with their child’s education and learning; • be active participants in the life of the school • express their views on school education generally and work with the school.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 All parents / carers are automatically members of the Parent Forum at this school. As a member of the Parent Forum all parents should – • receive information about the school and its activities; • hear about what partnership with parents means in our school; • be invited to be involved in ways and times that suit you; • identify issues you want the Parent Council to work on with the school; • be asked your opinion by the Parent Council on issues relating to the school and the education it provides; • work collaboratively with the school; and • enjoy taking part in the life of the school in whatever way possible. Parent Councils are the formal representative body for parents / carers with children attending school. Parent Councils are different in each school to enable them to meet the needs of parents / carers locally. The Parent Forum decides how their representatives on the Parent Council are chosen and how the Parent Council operates. Parents / carers are encouraged to volunteer or put themselves forward to be chosen as representatives of the Parent Council if they wish. The main aims of the Parent Council are: • To support and work collaboratively with the school in its work with pupils • To seek and represent the views of parents • To promote contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of nursery education and the community • To report to the Parent Forum • To be involved in the appointment of senior promoted staff in the school. • To raise funds for the school for the benefit of pupils (in some schools the PTA/PA fulfils this role). • To be included in School Improvement Planning Name of Parent Council: Victoria Voices Chairperson: Margaret Wilson Email address: email@example.com Twitter: @VictoriaVoices Facebook: www.facebook.com/VictoriaVoices
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 For more information on parental involvement and engagement or to find out about parents as partners in their children’s learning, please contact the school or visit the Parentzone website at https://www.education.gov.scot/parentzone/ Citizenship Groups At Victoria Primary School each child and member of staff is part of a Citizenship Group in order to lead the school within this area and ensure there is action across the school. Our groups include Learning for Sustainability, Fundraising, Equalities, Languages, Sports Council, Digital Learning, Library and Victoria Pupil Voices. Each group is led by children who chair with the support of staff. All Citizenship Groups also have a small budget in order to support their work. Pupil voice is embedded in our daily practice; every child is a member of a house through which we have regular cross age group discussion. School Ethos Working together... ..to provide a broad, balanced, progressive and coherent curriculum to suit the needs of all our pupils ..to promote high standards of achievement through the setting of challenging but attainable targets ..to meet the needs of all pupils through quality in the learning and teaching process ..to provide an inclusive education for all pupils that meet their academic, physical and social needs ..to maintain an attractive, welcoming and safe environment in which all member of the community are valued ..to ensure the provision of a range of appropriate resources in all areas of school life ..to promote a culture of management that encourages a team approach and self- evaluation Development of pupils’ mental, social and emotional wellbeing The school is committed to supporting the development of the whole child and as a result, wishes to encourage their holistic wellbeing. Mental, social and emotional wellbeing is supported in the following ways; • Creating a school ethos which, in every way possible, gives value to these aspects of development, especially by providing an environment which is both
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 caring and challenging and which provides opportunities for exercising rights and responsibility. • Ensuring that staff and adults in the school act as positive role models for pupils. • Providing opportunities for members of the school community to come together reinforcing shared values. • Providing rich opportunities across all areas of the curriculum to develop mental, social and emotional wellbeing. • Taking every opportunity within the curriculum and across the wider work of the school to celebrate diversity and promote equality. Pupil Conduct A partnership between the school and family is necessary to ensure the best possible standards of pupil conduct. Pupils are expected to set themselves high standards in appearance and behaviour. School rules are devised to encourage the maximum amount of self-discipline. The rules make clear what is expected of pupils, and how they are required to behave. The general aim is to produce an atmosphere of friendly co-operation, encouraging respect and consideration for other persons and for property. A behavioural agreement is included in the School Enrolment Form that parents complete when enrolling their child(ren). At Victoria Primary school & Early Learning and Childcare Centre we promote positive behaviour based on the following 3 consistencies; Be ready Be respectful Be responsible These 3 rules are evident throughout our school and pupils and staff will refer to them through restorative discussions around positive behaviour. Restorative Approach To Bullying Behaviour Whilst many believe that children who display bullying behaviour should be punished, it is widely accepted that this type of response can at times be ineffective, and make the situation worse. The adoption of restorative approaches is evidenced to be a more effective response than traditional methods. Pupils are given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions, recognise the harm done and are supported to find restorative responses to the harm they have caused. There are times where sanctions are appropriate; exclusion is seen as a last resort and carried out when incidents fall within the legislation criteria.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Falkirk Council has a responsibility to provide an education for all pupils and to challenge and address bullying behaviour. Whilst appropriate action will be taken by the school, it is also important that all parent/carers, work with the school to resolve any issues in the best interests of their child or young person. Parents can access Falkirk Council’s Anti-Bullying Policy, ‘Promoting Positive Relationships in Falkirk’s Educational Establishments; on the Council website: www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/schools-education/policies-strategies/anti-bullying- policy.aspx
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 At Victoria Primary School and Early Learning Centre we regularly ask our pupils what they think about their school and it what it means to them. These are some of the responses we’ve had this year; “I can trust the teachers here and I can talk about my feelings – they’ll help me when I need them to.” P7 pupil “School is a fun place to be. I learn things without really knowing…I enjoy my lessons and they make us think on our own.” P5 pupil “Everyone joins in at Victoria Primary. We all have fun and we help each other when we need it. Sometimes we help each other in the playground and sometimes we help each other in the class so we get better.” P4 pupil “I feel safe at school. It’s like a second home because we all know each other so well and we trust each other. It’s like having another family.” P6 pupil “We know it’s ok to make mistakes at school – we use them to get better and to learn more so we don’t keep making mistakes.” P5 pupil Our values at Victoria Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare Centre are; Valued Inclusive Community Thriving On Respect Innovation and Achievement We promote positive behaviour through a variety of classroom strategies such as recognition boards, where we celebrate those children that are trying their hardest and doing their best. We also have Hot Chocolate Friday with the Headteacher where those pupils that have gone ‘above and beyond’ have the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts. During school assemblies, class teachers nominate Stars of the Week and these pupils are praised for positive behaviour choices as well as excellent effort in their work. Victoria Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare Centre follow nurturing principles where we understand why children might be having a difficult time and the impact this has on their ability to engage positively all of the time. Our aim is to support children and families through solution focused approaches to ensure positive outcomes for all.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 Section Three – School Curriculum Curriculum for Excellence Curriculum For Excellence – Learning to Achieve • Learning to Achieve - Our core educational policy. This describes in detail how Curriculum for Excellence will be delivered in our educational establishments. We use Learning to Achieve along with the national guidance to monitor, develop and improve outcomes for children and young people. • Curriculum for Excellence – Bringing learning to life and life to learning. Curriculum for Excellence is the vehicle by which we deliver a Quality Education across the 4 Contexts of Learning. It aims to raise standards, prepare our children for a future they do not yet know and equip them for jobs of tomorrow in a fast changing world. Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills. Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and ability. It develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the classroom, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions. • Responsibility of all Every single teacher and practitioner will be responsible for the development of literacy and numeracy and health & well-being from Early Level through to Senior Phase. Teachers and practitioners will share information to plan a child’s learning journey from 3-18, helping their progression from nursery to primary, primary to secondary and beyond, ensuring each transition is smooth. They’ll ensure children continue to work at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on. There is an entitlement to personal support to help young people fulfil their potential and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s needed. There is an emphasis by all staff on looking after our children’s health and well-being; to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure. GLOW, Scotland’s unique, world leading, online network supports learners and teachers. Learners have individual access to GLOW through a username and password issued by school.
Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22 At Victoria Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare Centre, we celebrate diversity and inspire all young learners to ‘Try, believe and Achieve’ success. We are an inclusive and nurturing learning community and quality learning and teaching is at the heart of all that we do. • Developing the Young Workforce Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is a seven-year programme that aims to better prepare children and young people from 3–18 for the world of work. This programme builds on the foundations already in place as part of Curriculum for Excellence. Collaborative working between primary and secondary alongside partnership working builds on your child’s experiences in primary school through secondary school. Curriculum planning and structures in schools have continued to evolve progressively as new qualifications have been introduced alongside traditional subjects. There is now on offer a wide range of opportunities for young people to develop their employability skills, gain experiences of the world of work and incorporate work-based learning elements together with employers to explore direct pathways into employment. Core to pupils education and future life chances are well developed literacy and numeracy skills, these are an important focus. In addition your child will experience science, Expressive Arts-art & design, music, PE & drama, interdisciplinary topics-historical, geographical or technological based, health & well being, ICT. Please contact the headteacher if you would like any further information about the curriculum within our school. For further information on Learning in Scotland please access the following link: https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-in-scotland Active Learning Curriculum for Excellence emphasises the value of an active learning approach. Active learning is engagement of the brain whilst participating in learning opportunities. In the early years, children will have a range of learning experiences that include planned and purposeful play and stimulating learning which engages and challenges children’s thinking using real life and imaginary situations. As children progress through school they continue to be involved in active learning experiences which give them ownership of their own learning, encourage co- operative working and utilise skills required for learning, life and work.
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